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Khaleda, Hasina agree to hold dialogue after Eid

Kheleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina, the country's two top politicians, 'unconditionally' agreed to sit together for a dialogue some time after Eid-ul-Fitr on Hasina's return from abroad, counsel of the two former premiers Barrister Rafiq-ul Huq said yesterday.

Gas crisis to put a stop to 3200MW new projects

The government's failure to overcome persistent gas crisis is now resulting in suspension of 11 large and medium power projects with their production capacity totalling around 3,200 megawatt (MW), pushing the country towards a deeper power crisis in the coming years.

Hizb ut-Tahrir gives 48-hr deadline to free its leaders

Hizb ut-Tahrir Bangladesh yesterday threatened to oust the government by launching a movement if its 10 leaders and activists arrested in Rajshahi on Thursday are not released within 48 hours.

First frozen embryo baby born in Bangladesh

The couple had all the sun yesterday when they heard the cry of their newborn Apsora, the first ever success in frozen embryo implantation in Bangladesh.

Bid to attract admission seekers despite ban

Despite being declared illegal by the University Grants Commission (UGC), some branches of foreign and private universities are out to lure HSC passed students into getting enrolled.

Acid throwers maim baby missing their target

Two-year-old Ashiqur was sleeping carefree next to his parents, all completely unaware of the acid throwers who would turn their world upside down within a moment, burning all three severely.

Law soon to stop incidents of fleeing workplaces

With lucrative job markets opening up in East Europe, the government is framing a law to prevent overseas Bangladeshi workers from fleeing their workplaces, a trend that recently caused problems to the country's labour market abroad.

Potholes cause frequent mishaps at Postagola

Rickshaw-van puller Rabiul Islam was carrying sandals to Chawk Bazar from Shyampur around noon Monday when one of the wheels collapsed in the middle of a road near Shyampur Police Station. It took him two hours to hire another van and get the goods moving again.

BNP, allies hold talks with EC today

The much-talked about dialogue between the Election Commission (EC) and BNP takes place today, bringing down the curtain on the electoral talks that began last year.

FBCCI can take move if both parties agree

The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) might take an initiative to bring to a table the two former prime ministers and also chiefs of Awami League and BNP--Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia-- if the two parties consider it positively.

‘AL won’t join poll unless Hasina freed permanently’

Awami League (AL) will not contest in the upcoming parliamentary election unless the release of its President Sheikh Hasina is made permanent, said a senior party leader yesterday.

Khoka meets Khaleda

Dhaka City Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka had an hour-long meeting with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at her cantonment residence last night.

Muggers take away Tk 6.2 lakh from two traders

Muggers took away Tk 6.2 lakh from two traders at Sutrapur and Kotwali in the city within a span of eight hours.

150 fishermen still missing

Over 150 fishermen, who along with 40 trawlers went missing in the Bay on Monday night, are yet to be traced.

‘Criminal’ killed in ‘shootout’ at Shyampur

An alleged criminal was killed during a “shootout” between his accomplices and members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Shyampur in the city early yesterday.

Police-militants fierce clash in Delhi

Indian police shot dead two alleged militants during a fierce gun battle in a Muslim area of New Delhi yesterday, including a leader of a shadowy group behind a spate of deadly bombings.

CA leaves for NY tonight to join UNGA session

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed leaves for New York tonight to attend the 63rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

Severe traffic jam near Eid markets

Most roads in front of the city shopping malls, markets and restaurants were crowded yesterday with thousands of Eid shoppers and vehicles, which created severe traffic congestions although it was a holiday with no office rush hours.

4 arrested in connection with robbery

Detective Branch (DB) of police has detained four people in connection with the Tk 46 lakh-robbery committed on ACI Group officials at Gulshan on September 14 and seized Tk 1.17 lakh from them.

Policy summit a move to control political system

Workers Party of Bangladesh (WPB) President Rashed Khan Menon yesterday said the caretaker government plans to hold the policy summit as part of its efforts to establish a "controlled political system" in the country.

Outlaw killed in Pabna by rivals

An outlaw was slaughtered by his rivals in the party at Bongram village under Chatmohar upazila of the district Thursday evening.

Rab recovers 12 bombs in Shariatpur

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members recovered 12 bombs from a shop at Nolta in Noria upazila early yesterday.

Comilla Medical interns on strike

Interns at Comilla Medical College Hospital started work abstention yesterday demanding punishment to those responsible for Thursday's incident on the campus.

BSTI to conduct test on imported powdered milk

Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) will conduct a test on all imported powdered milk from today.

Lanka lifts ban on five ‘rebel' ICL players

Sri Lanka will re-admit players aligned with the unauthorised Indian Cricket League into domestic cricket, officials said yesterday, in a move that defies the world cricket establishment.

Bill Gates tops US rich list again

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has recovered his spot at the top of the US money heap, displacing investor Warren Buffett as America's richest person, Forbes magazine's latest list reveals.

Zardari to address Pak parliament for first time

Pakistan's newly elected President Asif Ali Zardari will address parliament for the first time this weekend, officials said, amid mounting concerns over direct US strikes in its tribal areas.

Transformer glitch shuts down biggest atom smasher

The world's largest particle collider malfunctioned within hours of its launch to great fanfare, but its operator didn't report the problem for a week.

Five killed in Pakistan bomb blast

A bomb exploded in a religious school in insurgency-hit southwestern Pakistan yesterday, killing five people, police said.


IMED findings revealing but academic

IMPLEMENTATION, Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) of the Planning Ministry has in its report on projects completed in 2006 unearthed a number of irregularities associated with the implementation of Dhaka Urban Transport Project(DUTP). The project commencing in 1999-2000 fiscal year with majority funding from World Bank, as part of the 20-year Strategic Transport Plan(STP), aimed at an improvement of the city's traffic and transport management system.

Travellers' woe

IT is good to know that the Bangladesh Railway has started to sell tickets in advance in response to huge number of people leaving Dhaka to celebrate Eid at different destinations. This is one occasion when many families leave Dhaka to be with the near ones at their ancestral homes. As a result, with the news of advance selling of tickets going around, travellers have begun to queue up at Kamalapur and other railway stations for tickets since 5 in the morning. It only speaks of the urgency of reaching home in time.

The RMG sector needs streamlining

THERE are three sectors in the Bangladesh economy which have prospered over the years -- readymade garments, the providing of employment opportunities to Bangladeshis abroad and pisciculture and shrimp farming aimed for export. The success in these sectors has had little to do with the government. The drive and the movement forward came from entrepreneurs from the private sector. These sectors are now contributing approximately US dollar 17.8 billion in foreign exchange every year to our country. They are keeping the country afloat and have also been the force behind the creation of employment opportunities for millions of people. The RMG sector in particular, has been the source of employment for nearly two million women. That in turn has indirectly helped in gender empowerment, female literacy, better nutrition and family planning.

Terrorists of different breeds

MANGLED bodies, wounded people and fear-stricken faces -- every bomb blast, anywhere, leaves this image in its wake. Recent serial blasts at Delhi were no different. What is different is that this blast confirms the existence of Islamist terrorism in India.

Agriculture should get top priority

IT is encouraging that the present caretaker government has attached highest budget to agricultural sector. It is a correct assessment and realization that if we can bring a breakthrough in agriculture then only the country can stand on a strong footing. If our agricultural foundation is not made strong, then the industry we seek to build will not have a strong basis either. More important, if our food front cracks up everything else will crack up too.


Abul rescues Abahani

Abahani put their wretched start in the Citycell B. League behind yesterday with a scrappy 1-0 away win against Farashganj at the Birshreshtha Matiur Rahman Stadium in Narshingdi.

Academy lose four-dayer

Jeewan Mendis scored his second century of the match, and Akalanka Ganegama and Ranesh Perera ran through the GP-BCB National Cricket Academy line-up as Sri Lanka Academy made a strong comeback to win the third and final four-day game in Colombo.

'Countries will regret pulling out of Trophy'

Denying a rift between the Asian bloc and the western world, International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat believes a misconstrued picture by security experts hired by various boards to assess the situation in Pakistan led to the postponement of the Champions Trophy.

Jankovic, Dementieva out

Former world number one Jelena Jankovic and Beijing Olympic gold medalist Elena Dementieva both suffered upset losses in the quarterfinals at the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament on Friday.

A Cricketer and A Maiden

Showbusiness and cricket have long been passions in India. Now the two are joining forces in a new television show that pairs well-known stars with their sporting counterparts in a dance contest.

VOX POP: Readers speak out on player exodus

Bangladesh is the most exceptional cricket team amongst the Test playing countries. We have the most exceptional winning rate and the most impressive losing rate too. And our aim in the match is also exceptional. Any other Test playing team tries to win the match but we try to play out 50 overs and score past 200. Where this amount of exceptional matters are happening so simply an exceptional mass resignation is very easily committed. Now we should not cry anymore for these player. Because they were not real match-winners. I think it is a better move for our cricket. Who knows?
Imran Ahmad

Reefat shares lead with Shakil, Nasir

Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar's first defeat in the Destiny 2000 3rd Open FIDE Rating chess tournament cost him the lead after seven rounds yesterday.

Blues test for Red Devils

The season may only be a month old but Manchester United are already facing a crisis point in the defence of their English Premier League title.

Spurs, Milan finally win

Tottenham and Everton, once proud members of the English Premiership's original big five before turning into serial under-achievers, were struggling to salvage their UEFA Cup dreams on Thursday.

Real look to step up

Champions Real Madrid travel to Racing Santander on Sunday with coach Bernd Schuster demanding a drastic improvement on the Spanish giants' lacklustre start to the season.

PSG on Ronaldo's mind

Former AC Milan and Real Madrid star Ronaldo, one of Brazil's most decorated footballers, wants to play for French side Paris St Germain, according to press reports here Friday.

Pressure on Ancelotti

AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti is refusing to panic despite his seven-time European champions suffering a nightmare start which has seen them slump to second from bottom in Serie A.

Rosicky on road to recovery

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has voiced cautious optimism that Tomas Rosicky will be back in action before Christmas but admitted that the Czech midfielder's injury has been far more complicated to treat than first anticipated.

Fahim in trouble over hot pictures

The Emirati architect of the takeover of English football club Manchester City is at the centre of a controversy over pictures showing him with models and actresses, a report said on Friday.

Mayor upset at Lehmann's chopper ride

A German town mayor has taken umbrage over former Arsenal and Germany keeper Jens Lehmann's means of transport to get to training at his new club Vfb Stuttgart.

Magpies lose Smith for 3 months

Managerless Newcastle's problems deepened on Friday when it was confirmed former England forward Alan Smith will be sidelined for three months with a stress fracture in his foot.

Socceroos will select Cahill

National coach Pim Verbeek said Friday he will select fit-again midfielder Tim Cahill for Australia's home World Cup qualifier against Qatar next month if the Everton star remains injury-free.

Spain take lead

World number one Rafael Nadal outclassed US rookie Sam Querrey in four sets Friday in the opening encounter of the Davis Cup semifinal to get Spain off to a winning start in the best of five series.

Bayern face injury woes

French international midfielder Franck Ribery will not be fit to play in Bayern Munich's encounter with Werder Bremen on Saturday owing to a thigh strain just as he had got over ankle ligament trouble, his club said Friday.

Huge task for McGain: Clark

Australia's late-blooming leg-spinner Bryce McGain faces a massive challenge bowling to India's spin batting masters on next month's tour of the subcontinent, Test paceman Stuart Clark said Friday.

Chappell's advice to Ponting

Ricky Ponting needs to show more patience and caution at the start of his innings if he is to reverse his terrible batting record in India, according to former Australian captain Ian Chappell.

Shiv keeps Durham in hunt

Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the International Cricket Council's world player of the year, scored an unbeaten 130 as Durham kept up their pursuit of the English First Division County Championship title.

PCB awaits WI decision

With security fears forcing one tournament cancellation after another, an anxious Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is keeping its fingers crossed on a planned tour by West Indies, who are yet to give their consent on playing in the country.

Latif too sounds like Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar is not the only one who feels that India-Australia cricket rivalry has become bigger than the traditional India-Pakistan battles.

Younis allowed to play for SA

Younis Khan, the Pakistan batsman, has received clearance from his cricket board to represent South Australia as their overseas player this domestic season, starting next month. Younis has reportedly decided to skip Pakistan's domestic Twenty20 championship in Lahore, set to begin on October 4, and is likely to miss the four-nation quadrangular Twenty20 tournament in Canada which starts six days later.

Akhtar to play T20 tourney

Shoaib Akhtar has been included for Pakistan's national Twenty20 tournament, which starts on October 4 in Lahore, after he was issued an ultimatum by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to pay an outstanding fine of 7 million rupees (approx 105,000 dollars).

Xavier, Tonito test positive

Xavier Marshall, the West Indies opening batsman, and Tonito Willett, from Leewards, have tested positive in the drug tests conducted during a two-week camp in Antigua in August. They were among the 32 players named in a provisional Stanford Superstars squad to face England in the Stanford 20/20 for 20, a winner-take-all 20-million-dollar match on November 1.

PCB cautions Yousuf over ICL link

Mohammad Yousuf, who is involved in arbitration proceedings with the Indian Cricket League (ICL), faces a life ban if he joins the unofficial league, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has said.

Camoranesi extends with Juventus

Juventus midfielder Mauro Camoranesi on Thursday signed a new deal with the Italian giants which will keep him at the club until 2011.

Shahedul guides Euro Famous

Euro Famous bagged full points in the Second Division Football league with a solitary goal win against Matuail Udayan Sangsad at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.

Mixed results for kabaddi team

Bangladesh women's kabaddi team had a mixed fortune on the opening day of the 3rd Asian Women's Kabaddi Championship in the Indian city of Madurai yesterday.


EC plans strict guideline for local election observation groups

The Election Commission is working on a draft guideline for local polls observation groups to further streamline them for greater transparency.

Edible oil, onion prices fall in Ctg market

Prices of essential commodities like edible oil and onion came down further in the port city.

Transport owners threaten to launch movement

Bus-Truck Owners' Association and Bangladesh Road Transport Workers' Federation yesterday protested the murder of a transport worker by extortionists and demanded punishment to the killers and security of the transport workers.

CA's visit boosts ties with China

Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday said that the recent visit of Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed to China has strengthened bilateral ties between the two friendly countries, raising them to new heights.

Children with disabilities display their talents

Mohammad Tareq, a 16-year-old boy, can now draw pictures.

'Religious leaders, NGOs can help fight HIV/AIDS'

Information Secretary Jamil Osman yesterday said religious leaders and non-government organisations (NGOs) can play a vital role in sensitising people about HIV/AIDS.

Murad Siddique, Khandaker Mahbub freed on bail

Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, son of detained former BNP minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, and transport leader Murad Siddique, younger brother of Kader Siddique, were released from Dhaka Central Jail on bail yesterday.

Pay wages, arrears to workers before Eid

Nagorik Sanghati yesterday staged a silent sit-in programme on Dhaka University campus demanding payment of wages and arrears to the workers of different government and non-government sectors including jute, sugar and railway before Eid-ul-Fitr, says a press release.

Piranha fish, Phensidyl seized

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) during separate drives yesterday seized banned piranha fish, foreign currencies and Indian Phensidyl and arrested nine people in Rajshahi and Joypurhat districts.

Human chain for link road in Munshiganj

Residents of Munshiganj town yesterday formed a human chain demanding a link road from Mukterpur Bridge to Chasara in Narayanganj.

Arrestee shot while trying to escape

Police yesterday opened fire on an arrestee during his attempt to escape from the police custody at Genuir village under Adamdighi upazila in Bogra.

Housewife stabbed to death

Armed miscreants yesterday stabbed a housewife to death at her house at Charghat upazila in the district yesterday.

Govt fails to fulfil its commitment to curb corruption

Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said the government has failed to fulfil its commitment to eliminate corruption from the society.

Three killed in road accidents

Three people were killed and 23 others injured in separate road accidents in Netrakona and Satkhira in last two days.

Smuggled timber seized: 6 arrested

Kalmakanda Police seized 800 cubic feet (CFT) of smuggled Indian Sagun timber worth about Tk 8 lakh from the bank of the Kongsha at Kailati village in Kalmakanda upazila yesterday, police said.

JU Eid, Durga Puja vacation begins today

Jahangirnagar University (JU) will go on a vacation today on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr and Durga Puja.

Healthcare for farmers

The 16th healthcare programme for farmers, organised by Hridoye Mati O Manush of Channel i and Japan-Bangladesh Friendship Medical Services Ltd., will be held at Atikgram in Manikganj today.

Spurious medicine factory unearthed

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) unearthed a spurious medicine factory at Shibrampur in the town on Thursday.


Rift in Sylhet BNP widens

Dogged by internal feud for long, rivalry between Sylhet BNP factions widened as pro-Ilyas party men yesterday boycotted a scheduled meeting with central leaders who came here from the capital to try to narrow the gap.

TIB to help RCC check corruption, improve service

Transparency International, Bangladesh (TIB)-run Conscious Citizens' Committee (CCC) in Rajshahi will now help Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) in checking corruption, creating awareness among people and reaching its basic facilities to citizens of all levels.

Nitai not allowed to attend BNP Iftar party

Intra-party rift in Magura BNP widened again as rival party men did not allow former minister and central leader Nitai Roy Chowdhury to attend an Iftar Mahfil.

Ex BNP whip Ashraf 'unwanted' in Khulna

Khulna BNP has declared former whip Ashraf Hossain 'unwanted' in the city.

Diarrhoea hits flooded areas in Khulna

Diarrhoea has broken out among flood-affected areas of Dakop and Koira upazilas in Khulna district where 50,000 marooned people are suffering for want of drinking water.

Suspended Tangail mayor gets bail

The suspended mayor of Tangail Pourasabha, Jamilur Rahman Miron, was freed on bail on Thursday.


Tigers on defensive amid risk of losing mini-state

Tamil Tigers were once regarded one of the world's most ruthlessly efficient rebels, but they risk losing their mini-state as Sri Lankan forces make a determined push after decades of bloodshed.

N Korea preparing to restart nuclear facility

North Korea said yesterday it was preparing to restart its nuclear reactor, accusing the United States of failing to fulfil its obligations under an international disarmament-for-aid agreement.

US reviewing Afghan war strategy: Gates

In an echo of a time when things were going from bad to worse in Iraq, Defence Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday the Bush administration is reviewing its war strategy in Afghanistan amid spreading insurgent violence, rising US and allied military deaths and doubts about winning.

US Congress asked to approve Indian nuke deal this month

A senior US senator called Thursday for a fast track endorsement this month of a landmark nuclear agreement with India as lawmakers launched a series of meetings to consider the controversial deal.

Sharif warns against attempts to dislodge PML-N govt in Punjab

Pakistan's opposition PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif today warned against any attempts to dislodge his party's government in Punjab and asked the ruling PPP to settle all political issues in the province.

India asks Karnataka to halt attacks against churches

India's government has warned Hindu nationalist authorities in a southern state to halt attacks against churches, the federal Home Ministry said yesterday.

Hundreds of new species found on Austrialia's coral reefs

Hundreds of new marine species have been found on Australia's coral reefs, surprising an international team of biologists who announced details of their findings here Thursday.

New Thai PM appeals for unity, protesters stay put

Thailand's new prime minister appealed for unity and reconciliation in his inaugural speech Thursday after weeks of political crisis, even as thousands of protesters refused to end their siege of the seat of government.

Malaria kills a million as Africa bears the brunt

Malaria killed nearly one million people worldwide in 2006 with children under five and African countries bearing the brunt, the World Health Organisation said Thursday.

Livni vies to unite party after leadership vote win

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni sought yesterday to restore unity within Israel's governing Kadima party as new rifts emerged in the wake of her narrow victory in the party's leadership election.

Heavy fighting kills 70 in Lanka

Tamil Tiger separatists and government forces fought intense battles across Sri Lanka's embattled northern region, killing at least 62 rebels and eight soldiers, the military said yesterday.

No reply from Syria to IAEA over suspected sites

Syria has yet to reply to a request from the UN atomic watchdog to let it inspect three or four sites allegedly involved in clandestine nuclear activities, diplomatic sources said yesterday.

Australia to launch global carbon capture scheme

Australia will launch a multi-million dollar international carbon capture and storage institute to fight global warming, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced yesterday.

Complete Neolithic skeletons found in Malaysia

Archaeologists have found two groups of complete Neolithic human remains in peninsular Malaysia and on Borneo island that may better explain prehistoric human life, reports said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Poetry recitation and discussion on Abul Mansur Ahmad’s birth anniversary

Marking the 110th birth anniversary of Abul Mansur Ahmad, 'Bikhhan' -- a pathchakra (a reading circle) of Mymensingh Sahitya Sangsad (MSS) -- held a discussion and a poetry recitation at its office in the district town recently.

A lifelong affair with tabla

Veteran tabla artiste Debu Chowdhury is admired by musicians and eminent singers of the country. His passion for the instrument was evident at an early age and his career as a musician spans over two decades. Throughout his vibrant career, Debu has worked under several renowned music directors and performed with legends such as Hemanta Mukherjee, Manna Dey, Satinath Mukhopadhyay and many more.

“The Duchess”: A visual feast

Princess Diana's antecedent, both genetically and figuratively, was a beautiful and glamorous duchess named Georgiana Spencer. Like her descendant, her charm and vivacity apparently captivated England.

Shyam Benegal back with a comedy after years

At 73, the veteran director Shyam Benegal is one of the most enthusiastic people around. His new film, Welcome To Sajjanpur is ready for release, and the director clearly loves talking about it.

Bangladeshi documentary “The Winner” wins international accolade

The Winner, a documentary produced by Impress Telefilm Ltd, has been named the best children's documentary in South Asia at the 'International Children's Day of Broadcasting Award' by UNICEF. With this achievement, The Winner will also compete at the approaching Emmy Awards, which will be held in New York in the second week of November.

Sabina Yasmin in Eid-special “Ityadi”

The variety show Ityadi is considered a special programme on Eid to the TV audience in our country. A special performance by Sabina Yasmin certainly adds to the appeal of the programme. Over the years, the diva has performed on every Eid-special Ityadi. This year's Eid-special is no exception.

Mumbai to host ‘Live Earth 2008’

India will host the next edition of the 'Live Earth 2008' series of music concerts, aimed at raising awareness for climate changes in the world, on December 7, its organisers announced in Mumbai.

Traditional boat race in Tangail

A traditional boat race was held at Basail Upazila in Tangail amidst much festivity.


Between hope and despair

Efforts to hold the general election on schedule along with the flurry of bails obtained by a substantial number of high profile politicians suspected of corrupt dealings have simultaneously raised hope and created fears in the minds of public. It would appear that the culpability of politicians warrant a different standard. Has this difference occurred because thinking Bangladeshis have not given generously and unsparingly of themselves and their talents to the nation whenever the occasion demanded -- most particularly in defence of the rights and liberties of the common man -- so that the well-springs of democracy may remain undefiled?

Unguided youngsters slip into crime cauldron

Bangladesh's young population (under 25) that mounts up to 50 percent of its total population is a vast untapped wealth that could be turned into the most effective and potential manpower of the country. Born mostly of poor parents, the male children supplement the poor parents' meager income, while many of the female children work as domestic helps and the unfortunate of them are either engaged inside the country in anti-social works or trafficked outside the country to work as sex workers. Even after the promulgation of child-labour ordinance, a good many of the male children labour in factories and fields until affected by diseases while working with toxic chemicals in some of these factories.

You can't grow a 100-year old tree in 99 years

Many of us rushed to the Jahangirnagar University on Tuesday to join a human chain of teachers and students in a bid to stop its administration fell several hundred trees of the campus. Over the past 20 years, we visited the campus a hundred times and watched those trees grow into large green umbrellas we and the birds loved so much. The campus was the first place we proudly showed every bird lover visiting Bangladesh. More than 150 species of birds are seen here and at least 40 species nest here every year. Nowhere else in Bangladesh we have seen such great avian diversity in a square kilometer of land.

Reminiscing '62 education movement

The other day (September 17) was the 'Education Day'. 46 years ago, that day students of the then East Pakistan waged a huge movement against the 'Sharif Education Policy' announced by then Pakistan government. I too participated in that movement as the General Secretary of Dhaka College Students' Union, convening and presiding over the first formal meeting of students for scrapping the Education Policy and removal of discrimination in education.


Is bio-gas realistic in Bangladesh context ?

The government has been implementing the National Domestic Biogas and Manure Programme (NDBMP) from 2006 with the objective of developing and disseminating biogas technology in the rural areas with the ultimate objective of establishment of a sustainable and commercial biogas sector in the country. The Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL) with the financial assistance from SNV Netherlands and KFW Germany has set a target of installing 60,000 biogas plants at an estimated cost of US $ 37 million by the year 2010.

Addressing the market place to ensure sanitation for all

Development in Bangladesh is usually segregated into two broad contextsurban and rural. However, between these two defined areas lie many market places and growth centres which do not fall within either category and are therefore escaping the eyes of the development planners.

A sustainable urban planning approach

Across the modern world, landscape ecology is beginning to provide a scientific basis for landscape and natural resource planning and management. Landscape ecology is the study of the interactions between the temporal and spatial aspects of various components of landscape; these components include Abiotic (water, nutrients, energy flow etc), Biotic (flora and fauna) as well as manmade Cultural (urban infrastructures, recreational facilities etc) components therefore landscape ecology addresses the ecological processes affected by the spatial structure of a large area intervened by human activities or natural system. Since there is a wide scope of anthropogenic intervention, the landscape ecology is subjected to planning i.e. sustainable planning.

Let's be wise in solid waste management

Solid waste generation in huge amount is key feature of modern industrial and urban economic system where increasing the production is a prime goal. Waste management is the mechanism of collection, transport, processing, recycling or disposal of waste materials and is generally undertaken to reduce their effect on health, aesthetics or amenity. Waste management practices differ for developed and developing nations, for urban and rural areas, and for residential and industrial generators. Management for non-hazardous residential and institutional waste in metropolitan areas is usually the responsibility of local government authorities, while management for non-hazardous commercial and industrial waste is usually the responsibility of the generator.


From the Back Pages of Memory

The banyan tree isn't there any more. Nor the restaurants where one could while away a pleasant evening. More importantly, many of the habitués of those joints are no more.

Eastern Voices in a Norton Anthology of poetry

This is a fat book. 734 pages.
The new Norton anthology of poems, titled Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond published in April of this year casts a wide net. It consists of over 400 poets from 61 countries and/or territories ranging from Afghanistan to Oman, from Sudan to Korea, as well as in the diaspora in Australia, Canada, Europe, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

No One Belonging to Me

with the meeting of the Bhaleshwar and the Pashur in his heart
the man floats till he reaches dry land
Mehendigang market, Char Baisha's shrine

Envy (Yerance te)

I envy the cling of the shirt you wear
that, even in daylight, can be indiscreet
and trace your torso's outline and dare
to wrinkle coquettishly with pagan heat.
Imagine envying an innate thing,
and losing my senses like a flaming wing
of a meteor? Does a shirt have feelings or soul
that I die to hold what it can hold?

When People Rise from Cheese

Songs, but the bloody revolution goes unnoticed
August is a ruthless bow
The vicious son walks out of the farmhouse
Bringing with him tobacco and a dry throat
The beasts must bear cruel blinders
Corpses encrusted in hair hang
From the swollen drums of their buttocks
Till the sacrifices behind the fence
Become blurry
From far away there comes marching a troop
Of smoking people


The car whispers down
the hill road.
its lights gouge out
a shifting
hollow of

One Evening in a Café

When thoughts don't take you far
and you sit silent
staring at the veins in your hands;
when the chariot of your imagination
won't carry you to passageways lit with glimmers of insight
and you sit silent
gazing at the smoke encircling your wrist:
when you do not answer the woman who greets you
as she lets her shawl fall
into the vacuum of the evening
and you sit silent
staring at the fateful events written in your coffee grounds;
when the new émigrés stroll by
arm-in-arm with their adorned ladies
chattering on about how time flies
and you sit silent
gazing at the mysterious wood of the table;
when you don't keep anyone's company
and can remember nothing of the war
but a horseshoe
or bullet holes in a curtain;
when, one evening in a café
faces pass before you like a copper fog
and you hear cymbals clashing in a distant desert
or walls crashing into hypothetical canals;
when, one evening in a café
that blind singer's album
starts to play,
and everyone suddenly sighs;
then you rise and walk
To where the hatchet
leans against the tree.

Star Health

Fissures in updated National Health Policy

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has published the final draft of revised National Health Policy (NHP) on its website recently. After its first introduction in 2000, certain programmes like Sector Wide Approach (SWA), adoption of Essential Services Package (ESP) were reviewed for necessary changes and an updated draft was prepared in 2006 to incorporate the changes in programmes and approach; but it was not finalised. Along with mentioned sectors, different issues have come into the discussion but all were not included or prioritised accordingly during the recent process of updating NHP by current caretaker government.

Cervical cancer vaccine: Who needs it and how it works

A vaccine that offers protection from the Human papillomavirus (HPV) that is responsible for most cases of cervical cancer. Here is expert’s insight into this revolutionary cervical cancer vaccine.

Good asthma control in pregnancy important

Women with inadequately treated asthma during pregnancy are at increased risk for premature delivery, according to a new study.

ABC of kidney transplantation

Kidney transplantation means replacement of a diseased or missing kidney or failed kidney with a healthy kidney from another person, called ‘donor’. It is an operation also known as renal transplant (renal is another word for kidney). People who receive a transplant must take medication and be monitored by a physician who specialises in kidney disease, known as Nephrologist.

Fit and fat: Study shows it is possible

It may be possible to be both fat and healthy, researchers reported recently. At least half of overweight adults, and close to a third of obese men and women, have normal blood pressure, cholesterol and other measures of heart health. And being lean does not necessarily protect people, either.

The realm of health myths

It's OK to skip breakfast
Breakfast is a very important meal. When we are sleeping, we are also fasting for an average of about eight hours, so it is essential to break this fast. Although people who skip breakfast catch up on their energy requirements later in the day, they are unlikely to get all the vitamins and minerals that a simple breakfast can provide. Try porridge with honey for a wholesome but filling meal. Or you can go for Oats, or if you are running out of time you can try ready-to-eat fortified breakfast cereals.

Novo Nordisk ranks in top 10

Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals, a world leader in diabetes care has been ranked in the top ten for World’s Best Corporate Reputations, says a press release.

Strategic Issues

Border attacks: Impact on Pak-US coalition against terror

THE cross border ground attack from Afghanistan into Pakistan's tribal North West on September 3rd by helicopters involving commandos of the US Special Operations Forces to hunt down Taliban and Al Qaeda in their sanctuaries without Pakistan Government's knowledge has placed US-Pakistan coalition to fight terror under serious stress. It came three days before Asif Ali Zardari was elected President and was the main subject at his first press conference where journalists cornered him for his innocuous reaction on the attack. The US attack could not have come at a worse moment for Zardari who has a tainted image and little political experience and badly needs to create an image that he is not a US lapdog. It was left to General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, Chief of Army Staff to take the strongest stand against the US action, calling it a threat to Pakistan's sovereignty that would be met at any cost.

India needs to change its foreign policy to be a global power

THE 21st century arrived only eight years ago. There is no zero sum game in global power. If one rises the other falls.

Search for a new doctrine

Washington had confessed that there was nothing like al Qaeda or WMD in Iraq during Saddam's time: occupation has invited Al Qaeda for a killing feast. Seven years of pounding on possible and suspected Al Qaeda connections has led to nowhere. The elusive Bin Laden and his terror outfit are still expanding from their hideouts. 'Either with us or against us' had forced Pakistan to be a reluctant partner and anti-American feeling is intense among the people of Pakistan today. Frequent bombing from North Africa to Philippine, in Europe and elsewhere tell, Bush doctrine is neither working in the front nor taking the people along. There should be a search for a new strategy that will keep people engaged not by force or threat but by shared values and gains. The new doctrine must make nations partners, not the collaborators of the strategy.

Star Books Review

Memoirs frank and free of prejudice

Autobiographies are mostly written by people in powerful positions either to defend themselves from criticism or misconceptions about their work while in power, or to elucidate some good work not adequately appreciated or slurred over. Here, however, is an autobiography written by an astute, efficient and honest civil service officer, who at one time had been Principal Secretary in the powerful Prime Minister's Office (PMO), attached to two great slain Prime Ministers, Indira and her son Rajiv Gandhi.

The long, hard journey yet goes on

Overall development of a country cannot take place without the participation of its female work force. At a time when climate change and the role of forestation are the top agenda for nations across the globe, we cannot overlook the role of women in social forestry. Tahsina Akhter comprehends the dire need of national economic development by means of taking up the issue of poverty alleviation and the role of women in social forestry. This book delves deep into the issue, examining the role of social forestry in reducing the poverty of women in the rural areas of the country.

The Hindu widow and those mystifying compromises

A bookmark that I have states, “Never judge a book by its movie”. I think it is particularly apt for Bapsi Sidhwa's novel Water as it is based on the movie. Movies are based on books but this one's the other way round. The author was asked to write the novel in ninety days to coincide with the release of the movie. The story is dated 1938, with Gandhi's Ahimsa movement gathering momentum.

What is civil society?

Civil society. The term has now been around for a few decades, largely since the 1980s. Some sociologists and political scientists coined the term here in Bangladesh. The thought of civil society mainly originated, however, in the eighteenth century in Western Europe. But why and wherefore civil society in Bangladesh?

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